Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Progress and Thoughts

So I finished up a project that's been hanging over my head for awhile now.

It started off more or less like this:

Then an eye appeared.

Then another!

And, finally, the armpit vents closed.

And now it's a frog sweater, waiting to be blocked. Otherwise, it's all ready to go for when Taterbug turns 1-ish. I already have a sweater in mind for 18 months.

I've been working on two-color socks for awhile now, yet I haven't made much progress. The first started out intriguing, but I did something extremely creative with the gusset, and I think I'm dreading the replication in the second sock. So that deflated my momentum going into the second one.

Now, what I really need to do is to get another project on the needles so that I have some hospital knitting, in case I find some time for it. I may not, but it's always best to be prepared. Meg has already determined that, if she's going to work on something between contractions, it will be more cat blankets.

We are definitely ready to meet our kid mentally, though it seems that there is always something to do that would optimally be finished before the wee one arrives. I'm frantically trying to paint the kid's bedroom, for instance. We're also repeatedly washing the pre-folded diapers in the hopes that they get absorbent (it's been five washes thus far to no avail). Meg is definitely ready for Taterbug to make an appearance, as I think the kid is getting very heavy and she says it's cumbersome getting up and down. Plus, I think she really wants to eat things like baked potatoes without conditions attached.

We're taking a baby wearing class in a few days, so we hope to learn a lot about what works and what doesn't. In hauling my laptop back and forth on my daily commute, I've realized that I've been inadvertently training to wear Taterbug on my back. I'm sure the actual experience of baby wearing will be different, but it's at least a start.

Life is about to significantly change for us. We will now have a family member that needs us for every little basic need. It's a little scary, but it's definitely exciting at the same time. I've been looking forward to singing and playing tunes to our child.

The cats will probably have to adjust, too. We're afraid Angus might get jealous from what I'm sure he'll consider a lack of attention. Mab (our tux cat you don't hear much about) may just wither up and die from a lack of petting. It's hard to say what Spoot will think. She's the cat that's the most difficult to read.


Amy Jo said...

That's a great sweater! My cat Teddy, Angus's twin, kicks up the talking (whining) when babies visit and tries to sit right next to them wherever they are so he's close by in case a touch comes his way. He's a biter, but has never tried to bite a baby. I'm surprised. I hope all your cats are okay with the new addition and that you get to meet Taterbug very, very soon. Good luck!

LaurieM said...

I read about this trick somewhere:
Stop paying attention to the cats now, and then start again when the baby arrives. They might not get as much attention, but they'll appreciate every little bit the more for having got any for a little while.

Baby wearing is easy. Much easier that listening to baby crying, and babies who are worn cry less.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you guys are pretty much ready. Don't you know that the baby only comes in the moment when you're not?

Have to agree with laurim that wearing is easier on all of you. Baby too.

As for the diapers, I only used cloth for burp cloths, but I read somewhere that using fabric softener messes up with the absorbency factor. Don't know if you're using fabric softener or not, but if you are, stop. I also read somewhere that using vinegar with the rinse cycle will help too. Have fun with the laundry!

PICAdrienne said...

Fabric softener messes them up, and it seems to me water conditioners to as well. Hot water and vinegar should open up the fabric.

Stephenson! said...

Yay on the froggie sweater! (Jeez, I had no idea our wall was so orange!) And Rupert appreciates the cameo appearance.

Come on, Taterbug! Time to come say "Hi!" :) I can't wait.

the fiddlin' fool said...

We don't use fabric softener, but thanks for the tip regarding vinegar! I just ran a hot water load and threw vinegar in during the rinse. I'll let you know how it goes.

anne marie in philly said...

nice sweater! and good shot of angus.

will be interesting to see how the cat kids react to the wee one.

get some sleep whilst you can...